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CATA dealers help Rawhide Boys Ranch as donated car collection points

November 22, 2010

Since its founding in 1965, Rawhide Boys Ranch has been changing the lives of troubled young men from communities in Wisconsin and Illinois.


And since 1992, dealers of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association have been helping Rawhide achieve its mission of redirecting troubled boys, to put their lives on a productive path. 

Their help comes by serving as collection points for vehicles that owners wish to donate to the New London, Wis.-based Rawhide.


There currently are 15 area dealers who participate as Donor Service Centers.  A DSC is a dealership where vehicle donors can drop off their used car for a brief time, until Rawhide can pick it up.  A DSC also assists the donor with paperwork to transfer the title and acknowledge the donation.   

Rawhide Boys Ranch, which was co-founded by Football Hall of Famer Bart Starr, is seeking to create a network of up to 45 Donor Service Centers in the Chicago area, to provide convenient sites for donors to drop off and donate their vehicles.


Rawhide provides full support to the dealerships that participate, including all of the paperwork and training for dealership staff. In addition, there is a toll-free number for dealerships to call if they have any questions or concerns. 

The benefits of becoming a Donor Service Center are:


1. Rawhide Boys Ranch has a strong reputation and a proven track record of more than 40 years of changing the lives of troubled youth. Starr maintains strong ties with the organization.  

2. Rawhide has an existing relationship with CATA dealers.


3. Rawhide provides full support to help dealership employees, and will pick up vehicles in a timely manner. 

4. Becoming a DSC will help bring traffic to a dealership, providing a benevolent opportunity to build a relationship with donors for current or future vehicle purchases.


5. Accepting donated vehicles can help to close sales, by providing a viable alternative for new- or used-car customers with an older vehicle.


6. It takes only 15 minutes to help prepare vehicle donation paperwork.


7. Serving as a DSC gives donors in the community a way to support Rawhide Boys Ranch.


Donors soon can connect to the Rawhide Web site,, via sponsor links on the DriveChicago portal.


To learn how to become a Donor Service Center, to help Rawhide and community, call Rawhide’s Donor Service Center Express line, 800-762-0066.